Shah Wali Fazli was born in Kabul, and studied medicine at the University of Kabul. He left there after the Taliban took over the city. In the year 2000 he came to England, where he studied English and computer technology. His first book was called 'Running from Life', published in the Dari language. It's also available in English.
When NATO went to Afghanistan, Shah's first job in England was with the British army, advising them on the Afghanistan issues. He was also instrumental in helping them with cultural training. It was through this he got the idea of writing 'The Interpreter'.
Shah worked for years for the British army before moving to Germany, where he started working with the American army, doing the same job. He still works with them today and loves the job